April 11th, 2008
11:21 AM ET

Gen. Paul Eaton: In Iraq, where is the cavalry?


The Bush administration has chosen to abandon our under-equipped and over-burdened military to fight alone in Iraq.

After successfully alienating potential allies in the prosecution of our war in Iraq, this Administration continues to view our first truly interagency war as a purely military event.  The absence of credible State Department participation in this fight and the absolute failure of the rest of the Executive Branch to participate in this war leaves the entire burden upon the shoulders of our Soldiers and Marines.

To witness press and Congressional preoccupation with the military commander at this week’s hearings and mild interest in State’s man, Ambassador Crocker, one would surmise that they don’t understand, either.

Iraq is not the plains of Germany during the Cold War.  Iraq is an insurgency.

Our commanders need the application of the full power of the United States to bear upon the fight in Iraq.  We need a focused and determined Diplomatic Surge within Iraq - and without.  Every interested player –- and that includes all border countries, Israel and Egypt –- needs a seat at the table.  Interests need to be identified and let the negotiations begin.  Not unlike the Egyptian/Israeli accord or Dayton.  

This is hard diplomatic work, and is apparently beyond our current Secretary of State’s intent or capability.  The recent example of Turkey’s attack into Iraq is the most recent indicator of our failure to work a competent diplomatic program.  A fully engaged diplomatic effort would address internal tensions that bedevil the Al Maliki government and foster competent internal government.

We need to get angry Arab men off the street, gainfully employed.  The rest of the President’s cabinet and their departments are very much needed by our military.  We need a reinvigorated Provincial Reconstruction Team program – new life to an idea that worked very well for the French in Algeria.  In the words of one commander, “I don’t need more combat troops, I need agriculture and water experts.”  Yet Commerce, Transportation, Education, Treasury and the rest of the President’s cabinet have been AWOL in this war.
General Petraeus was polite during the hearings.  He never once complained.  He never asked the President:  “Where is the cavalry?” 

– Maj. General Paul Eaton, U.S. Army (Ret.), former commander of Iraqi Armed Forces and their development command







Filed under: Raw Politics
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Edward N Ewa

    The Iraqi people should be the ones calling for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all American troops. The illegal occupation of the US in Iraq will eventually lead to displacement their people and the exploitation of their riches and culture. After all, look what democracy did to the Hawaiians. They are at the bottom of the social and economic ladder in their own native lands after the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom since 1894.

    April 12, 2008 at 5:06 am |
  2. Sid

    Where is the cavalry?
    There is never going to be a cavalry, because we have no intention of ending this war or leaving Iraq, not now and not 50 year from now.

    April 12, 2008 at 4:26 am |
  3. Dan

    I am a frustrated soldier currently serving in Iraq. I agree with your statement sir. We have about 30 people in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to the 6,500 combat troops in our area.

    We also need to take the Military Transition Team (MiTT) burden off our officer corps. These teams consist of 13 Captains imbedded with the Iraqi military, which makes little to no gain. The MiTTs are poorly trained and equiped. The risk the teams are under are not worth the gains they are making.

    Also Sir, did you express your feelings when you were here in Iraq on active duty? If so, was their any reaction to this?

    April 12, 2008 at 4:21 am |
  4. Tom

    [QUOTE]My view is that the U.S. shouldn’t be in Iraq in the first place. Saddam at least kept the peace between the Sunnis and the Shiites. The U.S. should just extract itself completely from Iraq and let the insurgencies fight it out between themselves. And, who cares about Iran – so far they haven’t threatened anyone. Let the Iranians fight with the insurgencies.
    There is no need for U.S. military involvement unless national security is “directly” threatened. [/QUOTE]

    Dan Wheldon, you are clueless my friend. Its the Iranians that are backing the insurgency. And the Iranians HAVE threatened to blow up the little satan "Israel" and then the big satan "USA".

    Not only that, but they just installed 6000 new centrifuges designed for creating weapon grade uranium.

    The fact that the democrats and liberals have so handcuffed our military and are so hell bent on appeasement and isolationism makes me sick.

    I guess we are willing to let Israel get wiped out by a suicidal jihadist regime that believes that 12 Imam is returning from a well to bring forth an Islamic sharia law utopia....

    WAKE UP.

    April 12, 2008 at 3:57 am |
  5. U.S. Soldier

    Under-equipped? The U.S. Army has just completed the fielding of new MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles) kits in record time. New body armor and technologies have been fielded to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines thus saving lives and ensuring mission success. The military is better equipped and protected than we were five years ago. Although our military makes great sacrifices we are not over-burdened and not fighting alone in Iraq. The Iraqi Army is starting to take charge and is making improvements. The American people are impatient and want instant results. Building an Army and a countries infrastructure takes time and money. If you are buying into the promise from Democrats that they will pull troops out after elected you are naive. We are here to stay for the long haul. To this day we continue to have a military presence in Germany and Japan. If anything Democrats will scale back troop numbers and funding and we will have to make due with what we have.

    April 12, 2008 at 3:48 am |
  6. dave sharpe

    I am betting that not very many of u can believe what Bush has done in 7 years. The ramifications of his massive failures will resonate beyond your lifetimes. Sobering thought now isn't it. And to top it off, u all voted that fool back in, u all let the republicans scare u, and from the outside looking in, I am not so sure that your electorate isn't dumb enough to do it again. Hard to feel sorry for u lot.

    April 12, 2008 at 3:05 am |
  7. TomK

    I'm stationed in Iraq on a one-year tour. I truly now believe our President has grown weary or even bored with this war. He knows he cannot win it...or maybe he doesn't know what to think. He knows only what his filtered people tell him since he refuses to watch all the news himself. I believe his heart is not in this war anymore since it is too tough for him...yet no matter what, here we are...we have to continue on, even without direction, without a clear goal, with our hands tied most of the time as insurgents attack us first, while we only fight back minimally so the paper-thin IA can take the lead. So we continue to stand by, become targets and die, while our President only pays attention to it anymore when he feels like it. I am ashamed to have him as my commander in chief...but yet, I will still be brave and try to protect and serve with those I am deployed with, even though this war have lost the vision and has no leadership to simply be blunt honest and truthful...instead of hiding behind political words and asking for continued "patience" because they don't have any answers for this so-called war anymore.

    April 12, 2008 at 3:03 am |
  8. jan raleigh nc

    George w is "missing in action" as he was during his Viet Nam service
    Cheny is a meglomaniac and Rice is incompetent-
    If Petraeous or Crocker had any backbone they would be telling the President this war is a fools folly and we must bring the boys home.

    April 12, 2008 at 2:59 am |
  9. Lawrence


    Great Post. Just want to add one more thing. Saddam was also our buffer with Iran. They would not be touting their nuclear capabilities and enticing GW and DC for another war for oil.

    April 12, 2008 at 2:20 am |
  10. mark

    Plain and simple Iraq is what it is, to elaborate, Maybe we shouldn't have invaded Iraq initially but failure is not an option. A troop withdrawl would be a failure. Imagine in 2 years when we have to go back into the middle east to a even more dangerous and resilient iraq and afghanistan oh and a NUCLEAR Iran. I am tired of people saying lets get out of Iraq, i'm tired of this war, lets leave.... If you want this war over grab a rifle and finish it. That is the only right and responsible way

    April 12, 2008 at 2:18 am |
  11. Bobby K

    To Peter Naggy...

    You have to be one of the last reamining idiots out there who still does doesn't see he badly this president duped us.

    Actually there were 2 groups of folks who knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq all along .

    1. Cheny and Bush and all their other facist friends in the industrial military complex who are the businesses making off with all our national reasouces and treasure and maintaining this war that spills the blood of our sons and daughters for nothing.

    2. The UN inspectors who were in Iraq and kept telling us they just needed a little more time to prove what they believed .. that there were no WMD's! Surprise! They were right.

    Contrary to the lie Bush keeps repeating, Saddam did NOT kick our inspectors out of Irag. Bush did so we could illegally invade a soverign nation and enrich his corporate facist buddies.

    Remember what that great military man President Eisenhour said in his farewell speach:

    "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. "

    Alas, that military industrial complex IS controlling our government!

    Vote for change. We can take America back. We can save this country for our children!

    April 12, 2008 at 2:17 am |
  12. Blue

    Quote...."We need to get angry Arab men off the street, gainfully employed. " What about our own country??????

    April 12, 2008 at 2:14 am |
  13. Dan

    In all convential understanding, the war was won when the government of Saddam fell and his army was destroyed. We then proceeded with the CPA, a good idea that was horribly executed. We then turned the country over to a native government. The "war" is over and has been for awhile. We won. The current "insurgency" can not be won militarily unless we adopt the policies of Stalin or any other dictator and kill indiscriminately. It is a political struggle and MG Eaton is correct, it needs a political solution. To conceive that "winning" this "war" equals a stable democracy Iraq built on our own image is naive and unattainable. If a democracy can survive here, which is doubtful, it must be from the people. Only institutions which have broad popular support can survive. The withdrawal and redepolyment of some troops to Afghanistan where the real battle is must begin now. The cracks are showing in our Army and the "war" is over.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:35 am |
  14. Jim Scott

    It must be pretty to think so General...

    But your demands and stipulations have never been met in any war the US (or any other country) has ever engaged in...

    Diplomacy and resources have always been in short supply...

    What is your assessment of Munich (job well done Neville "Peace in Our Time" Chamberlain)?

    Patton complained about the lack of gasoline for his vehicles, and this was when we had the Nazis on the ropes.

    Yes, just wave your magic diplomatic wand and centuries of endemic hostility will simply evaporate.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:33 am |
  15. Mark

    I think by now, all countries realize the draft dodger administration is clueless when it comes to war.
    The war cowards broadcast senseless phrases like "Bring 'em on" and "The insurgency has turned the corner", yet five years after starting this war on false pretexts, those insurgents show they can turn it on and off, as they did early this month.
    A superpower that has fought five years against a few lightly armed people in a tiny country should do what they do best, as they did in Viet Nam. Get out the white flags and helicopters, and run. Reagan did it in Lebanon, Clinton in Somalia.
    They lost this war when they reached Baghdad in 2003 and were unable to stop all the looting. That's when they found out they lost this war.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:33 am |
  16. Robert Goodwin

    This is really pretty simple. Until we can stop the flow of weapons coming in from Iran, this war will never be over. If the insurgency has no weapons to wage war, then there is no war. Take, for example, the end of World War II. After the war was officially over, our occupying forces were still taking sniper fire as late 2 years after the war. Eventually it stopped because they confiscated most of the weapons. Since this is not going to happen in Iraq, it's time to start bringing the troops home.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:30 am |
  17. Bobby K

    In anawer to mark about who said:

    " Please don’t post this poor journalism, The Major may have served his country well and I don’t want to take away from that, but he has not taken even a quick glance at the websites of any of the US’s trade or development agencies to see the massive efforts at work in Iraq."

    First you need to do a bit more research about what is credible. Maj. General Paul Eaton is not just a "Major", he is a 2 star general who was former commander of Iraqi Armed Forces and their development command. He was incharge of the development effort.

    Why would a general who has been in Iraq in a command position need to look to the propaganda that is on some of the contractor company's who are sucking our ecomomy dry to know what is going on?

    Do you really think that what is on thos websites is the reality in Iraq?

    The problem in our country is poeple like you vote yet you don't even try to understand what is going on to make an informed vote.
    Very Sad!

    April 12, 2008 at 1:28 am |
  18. HarryG

    People! Have you not been paying attention? This isn’t a war in the eyes of the businessmen who run our country and elect our officials. It’s an opportunity to make money, lots of money. That’s what business types do. These are people who can fire 50,000 workers and never bat an eye. Or, they can kill millions of innocents all in the name of profit.

    When “Oil” men fight a war in an “Oil county” the result will always be big profits for “Big Oil”. Stage magicians fool us by using something call “misdirection”. Politicians do the something. And for good reason: It works every time.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:25 am |
  19. Rick

    Wow, what amazingly diverse and well thought out comments. A bunch of arm chair quarter-backs throwing in their two-cents about a war they have never experienced. I briefly met MG Eaton when General Petraeus was taking over the position he failed at. I must say that it is not very common to see a General not man up and take responsibility for something he is charged with and blame it on "higher ups" But I guess he won the hearts and minds of a media looking for a hard to find high ranking Officer to criticize the administration. Well, they found him and by my count this is the third major story they used him for. All I have to say to all the "bloggers" who commented is go hug a tree and let the true American hero’s spend their sleepless nights protecting our peace...sleep tight.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:15 am |
  20. Riz

    We need to declare victory and tell the Iraqis that they have six months to put together the country they want. We've given them a golden opportunity create a free and prosperous nation, and we've paid dearly. It's time for us to go now.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:03 am |
  21. Mark

    The United States was established as the result of an insurgency against Great Britain. A rag-tag army wore down the world's most powerful army until they left. That's what will happen in Iraq.

    Meanwhile, back in the good ole USA we're going down the toilet. Jobs are disappearing, education and heath care are unaffordable and China is taking us over one Treasury Bill at a time. George Bush has wrecked this country.

    April 12, 2008 at 1:02 am |
  22. VK

    Are we interested to end this war or keep killing people in the name of terrorist/Soulders/Insergent etc etc. ....They are enjoying and playing with innocent lives. When innocent soldiers and children and women are killed(whatever maybe the reason, whoever may be the killer), they don't care. .....Civilized people are killing civilized people in the name of enemy/soldiers/terrorist/......Maybe, this is the Begining of the End of our Great Civilization(EGC)
    War is now five years and we lost 4000+ US and 100000+ Iraqi lives and 40000+ US and 500000+ Iraqi civilized people became disable and that too just kill or remove Saddam Hussain from power-totally mess mathematics

    April 12, 2008 at 12:41 am |
  23. Lincoln Coe

    I'm glad to read stories like this only to be reminded how one sided CNN is, and will always be.

    Something you forgot to mention in this, he works for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as an advisor. Nice job, now how about you be semi fair and let some advisors for John McCain and Barack Obama get an article put up with no mention they advice for their respected campaign so it seems like they are get "observers" in this election and not one sided.

    April 12, 2008 at 12:24 am |
  24. Jeff

    Iraq is our problem. Not the surrounding nations. We went in and screwed up. Is now our responsibility to make it peaceful. Not another nations.

    April 12, 2008 at 12:24 am |
  25. SteveMG - George Bush: Not a BOTCHED joke

    No matter how long we stay in Iraq, it will crumble the moment we leave, just like South Vietnam. Further, time is not on our side. The next administration is going to have to start laying the groundwork for the post-occupation Middle East, whether it includes getting permission to base troops in Saudi Arbia and Kuwait, or something else. My hunch is that thise two kingdoms would rejoice at direct American support, because I don't think they would put up much resistance on their own when the impoverished Sunnis start looking for oil.

    April 12, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  26. BRIAN

    Hi all,

    I do not think American's care enough to bother to do anything about this. Mostly because, we can't. It doesn't matter what we, the people, want... the Government does what it wants to do. We tried voting in a democratic congress, and nothing changed.

    One thing that is becoming clear to my generation – you can't make change in America anymore. Our country is not a democracy anymore, it's a "Corporate-ocracy".

    America is broken. I think this is how Rome fell...

    April 12, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  27. live from Iraq

    Well, I am here in Iraq as part of this master plan surge and I see that nothing will change until we leave. As long as we are here there will be problems. Al Sadr is another "Master of Puppets" that will play the card when he feels it works in his favor and raise hell when it is not. It will not end. There is no happy ending in sight. There will be a constant flow of "angry Arab men" coming here to fight for what they think is right. We have opened this country wide open to angry Arab men and their cowardly ways of fighting the coalition's occupation. How many millions of people have we displaced from this country? And the majority of the ones that are left either want to be left alone, or stab us in the back. Piss poor planning, yes things have changed, but nothing is stable here. Sadr city is s stones throw away from what most of the reporters get to see at the IZ (Green Zone). There are plenty of people in that city that are waiting for their moment. What is the "goal" we were aiming for when we came in and invaded? What was the plan? What can we offer these people now, they have seen what we are cpapable of. They are tired and frustrated. Look at Korea, we are still there, guess I will tell my children to get ready for Baghdad Intl High School.

    Over 4,000 lives later what are we really doing? We are the one's taking this burden full on, the sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, and children of America. I have transported VIP's, Top Brass, State Oficials, Senators, Presidential Candidates, etc through and around Iraq, and it is sad to know that these are the people who are in charge. That they are so close physically but so far from where we need them to be as a whole mentally.

    April 12, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  28. Terry

    Seriously what do you expect? Bush/Rove/Cheney executed the war to gain the "political capital" to guarantee a second term, end of story. The same political capital Bush said his father squandered in Gulf War 1. Their vision was power and perhaps oil, but not justice or security. Why would General Eaton think these people in our white house have any interest at all in Iraqis or the lives of our soldiers?

    April 12, 2008 at 12:09 am |
  29. James

    Walter, your post just demonstrated the false pretenses we used to conduct this war against Iraq and the proxy war against Iran. Saddam Hussein and the leadership in Iran had NOTHING to do with 9/11. So the idea that we should be patient about Iraq because we were told it would be a long war against terrorism is fallacious. We aren't fighting a war against terror right now. We are making no progress in Afghanistan (where the focus of our military and diplomatic efforts should have gone in the first place) and not effectively implementing a solution to help pave the way to peace in Iraq. Every American should agree that our goal should be to bring Peace to the middle east. I understand that we disagree on how to accomplish that goal, but it should also be equally universally recognized that we cannot impose a peace militarily on groups of people that have centuries of hatred and violence directed at each other. The only viable solution would be to carve Iraq into three separate and semi-autonomous zones with smaller central government that focuses only on issues that would affect all three territories. That combined with an equal sharing of oil revenues would be the fastest way to bring the peace we desire. That way our Armed Forces can concentrate on what the constitution says their duty should be, to protect the United States of America.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  30. Angel

    Why not let them pay for their own reconstruction?

    Oil is over $100 dollars a barrel, so Iraq should have enough resources to rebuilt itself and no one should be asking for more handouts.

    The President began this war and he must finish it. We have over 100,000 soldiers on the ground. Why not let all of them come down on the terrorist and take all of them out?

    April 11, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  31. romulus

    Annie, get a life and take a breath. Shayne, give up your passport and move to China. Both of you would probably never dare take up up a weapon to protect your country, yet you, like many of your liberal counterparts, have little solutions to the real problems at hand. If you really knew anything about whats happening on the ground in Iraq, you would be amazed: we are winning this war. Forget the statistics that prove that, ask a soldier who as actually been in combat – they will tell you. But that is one of the problems, right? You don't know anyone who has been in combat because you really don't associate with folks like that. You don't really care about the soldier who gladly spends 18 hours in the field with a weapon protecting you. You have a disdain for folks like that because of some sub conscious self loathing that you have. Check it out: we are winning and have been for a while. As long as the 99.9% of this country who don't care to pick up a weapon fund the .1% of us who volunteer to fight, we will win and you can continue to drink your latte's. We are winning, we will win, and we will all, including you, will be better off for it.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:43 pm |
  32. peter canada

    iraj did not attack your country they were at war with the taliban your leaders [unelected ones at that] created this shit storm to serve the the powers to be in there need for greed and power this was no mistake there plan is working perfectly,there useing your men and women to acheive this goal. they are war criminals in every sence of the word. long after lennons death THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING. if you take a look at what bush is saying your country has learned nothing,from veitnam only the media is controled by government more now, my heart goes out to the people of your conntry

    April 11, 2008 at 11:40 pm |
  33. Adam

    This is the most acute and unadulterated flash of truth that I have ever seen make it through a major news outlet.

    Right on, Major General Eaton.

    Right on, Anderson Cooper.

    And right on, CNN.com, for adding this to your top stories.

    Because, sometimes, it is not acceptable to simply show two political sides of a story, two different sets of propaganda. Sometimes, there is a real ground truth, and you have to let that shine through.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  34. Kim

    I admire Maj. Gen. Eaton; he speaks complete truth....but perhaps a poor choice of words for a title. The Cavalry, which includes my son, IS there. The problem is not the cavalry but the inept, corrupt, hell-bent-for-leather faux cowboy mentality that got us into this mess to begin with. Our soldiers are simply doing their jobs. They have no choice; they go where they are ordered and we support THEM even if we don't believe in the mission. Why Dubya has remained in office and hasn't been impeached remains a mystery. (can anyone find him an intern?) Sadly, though, I don't think America will really speak with one voice and demand an end to the war unless the body count goes up into the tens or hundreds daily.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:21 pm |
  35. rich

    I agree with everything the general has said here today. With America
    saddled with the most incompetent commander-in-chief in our modern history, combined with a congress and senate that for the last 10 years has become our national shame – a total disgrace – To find ourselves rudderless during these most difficult of times comes as no suprise.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  36. Horse Badorties

    Two major comments

    This is not a war, it is a big old Government project, and as someone whose been around Government projects for thirty years, the media doesn't get it. These projects NEVER END..There's just too much money to be made.

    Point 2: We plainly do not have the talent to end this thing, We don"t have the diplomatic chops we used to. we don't have the will. and we don't have the players.. In short, this war will continue to destroy young men and women and make large amounts of cash for an assortment of war profiteers ro4r some time to come. No one in the current political process has the cojones to stand up and DO SOMETHING about. Fear runs Washington so don't expect anything to happen in 09 either. How the blazes did we win WW 11 anyway?

    April 11, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  37. David in Austin, TX

    This "war" has fallen due, in a large part to, the misunderstanding of the key people who are involved. Vali Masr has very good points in his book "The Shia Revival". Some of which are "The Sunni-Shia conflict is at once a struggle for the soul of Islam-a great war of competing theologies and conceptions of sacred history-and a manifestation of the kind of tribal wars of ethnicities and identities, so seemingly archaic at times, yet so surprisingly vital, with which humanity has become so familiar." and "It is, paradoxically, a very old, very modern conflict"

    There seems to be little, if any, international support for the "democratization" of the peoples of the Middle East.. Also keep in mind that this region has been involved in many, more serious battles, in the last 7,000 years.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:12 pm |
  38. Marine

    I've been a Marine 17 years and I've had it! I'm tired of being used for all the wrong reasons! I wish I had a chance to ask DICK CHENEY one qustion in front of a thousand Marines and a rolling camera how much money he has made off this war and all the lives of all my brothers and sisters deaths....

    Almost forgot they media is owned and sensored by they same people who on the congress!

    This country needs a revolution!

    April 11, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  39. E. Elliott

    Poor Walter, so confused and so wrong. It was W's boys that claimed the entire war would cost 1B$. It was W and his boys that ignored the militray when they wanted 300,000 men. He tried to do it with half, as in half ass. No liberal or democratic mandate existed. He had a strangle hold on congreess, remember? Just like every other blunder his owners have had him do, it was a lie for $$$, and lots of it from our pockets and the Iraqi oil fields. There never was any intention of winning this war, just to hold the oil fields. An second example was N.O. after they blundered the storm rescue. There was no intention of rebuilding, not that it was a bright idea anyway. But he has always taken the dishonest route. Even when it was not needed. The land those poor blacks and working class whites owned in N.O. will be claimed by the government and sold to developers for peanuts, just as planned.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:11 pm |
  40. Jay

    The fundamental issue is that IRAQ IS NOT OUR COUNTRY and we have no right to be there! Any tactical or even strategic changes that we do now at best only postpones the inevitable withdrawal. We need to admit this was wrong from the beginning, pull our troops out and pay war restitution to Iraq for destroying their country (it will be cheaper than the $Trillions we're spending on the futile and immoral military solution). Over time we may be able to restore our place in the world and maybe the Iraqis will eventually forgive us like the Vietnamese etc.

    Finally we need to prosecute Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc for war crimes, including lying to congress and the American people and breaking US and international laws on torture, wiretaps, etc. We need to cleanse our collective souls from this menace just like Japan and Germany did after WW2.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  41. Will-18E

    Most anti war critics have been saying this for years. It is not an issue of the military, it is a failure of the WH, Dept. of State and policy makers to achieve a political solution. And every time this criticism has been leveled, Bush, Cheany, and others will make war speeches with the military as a back drop, or some VFW in the middle of nowhere and claim war detractors as defeatist, cut and runner's, helping to support terrorism etc.
    And the Media eats it up.

    April 11, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  42. Liz

    General Eaton,

    Thank you for your comments. It is something that has needed to be said for a long time, but unfortunately htis administration is almost a lost cause. Hopefully the people of this great nation will elect someone in November who can figure out a sound exit strategy, as well as a way to continue to diplomatically support the new Iraqi government and find solutions for the problems in the Middle East. Democracy in Iraq is something that would be great, but the path this administration has chosen has lead us into a disaster zone.

    As a soldier's girlfriend, I feel that there is no concern for the true strategic planning of this war (nor for more than a military solution) and that the soldiers, as you explained, do have the entire burden. A war involves the entire country: during WWII, to help feed the troops the American people had "Victory Gardens" and women entered the workforce to take over jobs vacated by the boys overseas. We can complain all we want to, but it's time we finally do something to make a change. Vote in someone who will either seriously fix the strategy of this war or preferably end it, and send in other departments who can help with the reconstruction period. It's time the rest of the government, not just our men and women in uniform, stepped up to the plate. And more than that, it's time they be allowed to.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:54 pm |
  43. gayle

    bottom line is our boys and girls over their are caught up in a "big" mess. Who is right who and WHY!!!!

    April 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  44. Jake

    We were stupid enough to vote for him (twice, even). We deserve whatever humiliation and shame Bush brings on us. Although I guess that's not an entirely fair statement as MOST of us voted against him the first time around. But America is a twisted mockery of what democracy is supposed to be and, surprise surprise, our votes meant nothing.

    Learn from your mistakes and vote McCain into an assisted living complex; not the White House. Just listen to his speeches; he's completely senile and changes his stance on any given issue more often than I change my socks.

    And tell him to stop calling us "my friends" in all his speeches. It makes me sick to my stomach just hearing it.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:37 pm |
  45. Mitch

    It is a delusional retiree that muses the Cavalry is a Political force. Clearly if you have been "In the zone" it was in the one of the large camp locations that have everything handed to them. The real Cavalry is not political and is pushed to remote locations involved in OIF I style fighting. They are a regiment of Troops fully mission capable to execute the important balance of proper force and "Hearts and Minds". I witnessed no Retired Generals coming out on Missions with the CAV during OIF III or V, but I did see a number of one-four star generals including the one being slammed in the responses. As for the political piece, future changes are inevtible but be careful what you wish for. I sense a lot of vicarious anger by those who repsonded to the article. Few of which, I am sure, have seen our Troops die for their fellow Soldiers in the heat of Battle and fewer still understanding the freedoms all now enjoy. I have also yet to see further attacks on America. Our Governamental agencies are working overtime and then some to protect all. Sounds to me like someone is bitter that he is no longer in the fight and has become a puppet of liberal media.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  46. Paul

    The President's biggest mistake was in taking the advice of a political operative and NOT cleansing the entire Administration of entrenched Clintonistas in late January 2001. Then there is the problem of the State Department, generally acting as a sovereign entity opposed to the President for far too long. That particular war must be concluded one way or the other before the US can deal effectively with the rest of the world.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  47. Melissa

    These are our sons, husbands, brothers..I suggest that we all vote. Vote wisely, lets bring them all home and end this crazy no win situation. Perhaps we should also focus on the vetrans who have come home and are wounded and not receiving the help they deserve from our goverment.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  48. walden Paige

    Thank you.
    We need a diplomatic surg.....
    With everyone at the table....

    April 11, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  49. Ike Markz

    I can always count on CNN to provide the DNC's version of events. Thanks so much.

    April 11, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  50. guy

    If we are going to slap hands at war then don't send our troops in to start with.Either go in to win as quickly as possible or quit threatening to do something and not do it.
    One day history will show we had the firepower when others didn't and didn't use it. You can be sure that one day 911 will be considered a wake up call that we went to sleep on.
    At the same time,how would we like another country using an invading force to make us change our way of life?

    April 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
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